Clients Wants To Pay For Ingredients..

Decorating By kayfromstl08 Updated 23 Oct 2014 , 2:27pm by cai0311

kayfromstl08 Posted 19 Oct 2014 , 8:06pm
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AShe wants me to bake and decorate a jungle theme cake. And she will pay for the ingredients...How much should I charge for my labor?

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MimiFix Posted 19 Oct 2014 , 8:17pm
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... she will pay for the ingredients...How much should I charge for my labor?

 

She's already bought the first ingredient - a can of worms. At the very least, charge by the hour, not less than minimum wage, and keep track of your time. Hon, there are big hazards ahead. 

kayfromstl08 Posted 19 Oct 2014 , 8:19pm
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AOk I think I'm just going to say no. She is my sister's friend.

kirstyg Posted 21 Oct 2014 , 3:12pm
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AI have noticed when it comes to friends and they say they will pay for ingredients they are wanting you to either charge them very little or make the cake for free.

MBalaska Posted 22 Oct 2014 , 10:12pm
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She wants me to bake and decorate a jungle theme cake. And she will pay for the ingredients...How much should I charge for my labor?

 

@kayfromstl08 I agree with the other posters, and from my own experience.  When you do the baking you get both the credit and the blame for how it turns out.  This is a bit long to tell but hopefully it helps, as I'm just a home baker without a business. However the cost of  your labor may not end up being the problem.

 

Everything is expensive in Alaska as it has to be shipped in from the real world.  A person gave me ingredients to make a New York vanilla cheesecake.  It was an off brand of cream cheese and some type of weird eggs.  The cake was made with my normal, simple, and very successful old recipe.  The cake came out like crap - it was awful.  It turns out that the cheapy off-brand cheese had been in her freezer for over a year, and the eggs were some sort of treated odd-ball thing that was meant for frying up (not for baking.)

 

Lesson learned.  It's better if I use the proper fresh quality ingredients and make a product that I can be pleased with.   hope this help you to say "No Thank You".

Cheers,

mb

remnant3333 Posted 23 Oct 2014 , 12:16am
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It sounds like this person wants to pay for ingredients and get the labor for free!!!  I do not think people really know how much labor is involved in doing fancy cakes. Good luck!!

cai0311 Posted 23 Oct 2014 , 2:27pm
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APeople don't understand that when they purchase a custom decorated cake the labor cost is more than the ingredient cost. They think "I can buy the ingredients for cheaper that the $200 required to buy the cake so my cake will be cheaper". Not even close to how it works.

There was a recent forum on here about a lady that had someone offer the same thing. Next words out of the client's mouth was "but I don't have to buy the flour and sugar because you already have those".

Plus, if the client buys the ingredients are they going to want any extra leftovers back? It would just be such a hassle.

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